Faculty Directory


Zhou Yan

Deputy Director, Advanced Environmental Biotechnology Centre,
Nanyang Environment and Water Research Institute (NEWRI-AEBC)

Associate Professor
B.Eng., PhD
Office: N1-01c-90
Tel: (65) 6790-6103 / 6908-1438
URL: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-7731-2014


  • PhD (Chem. Engrg) The University of Queensland 2008
  • BEng (Environ. Engrg) Wuhan Institute of Chemical Technology 2004

Career details:

  • 2019 – present, Associate Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), NTU
  • 2014 – 2019, Assistant Professor, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), NTU
  • 2008 – 2014, Research Fellow, Nanyang Environ.& Water Res. Institute (NEWRI), NTU

Editorial board membership

  • Associate Editor, Water Research, 2019 - present
  • Associate Editor, Water and Environment Journal, 2018 - present

Main research focus:

  • Energy Efficient Water treatment and reclamation processes
  • Sludge pretreatment and dewatering
  • Nutrient recovery and reuse from biosolids
  • Bioprocess enhancement by conductive materials/systems

Active research projects

  • A Novel Prevention Method for Membrane Fouling - Fluid Dynamic Gauge
  • Anticipating and mitigating challenges in enhanced biotreatment processes – enhancement and global warming
  • Application of Novel Alginate-Powdered Activated Carbon-Quorum Quenching Bacteria (APQ) Beads for the Biofouling Control and Sludge Modification in MBR Systems
  • Demonstration of Integrated Used Water Reclamation Processes Towards Enhanced Energy Recovery and Minimised Sludge Production
  • Feasibility Study of Novel Alginate-Bateria-Powered Activated Carbon (AB-PAC) Beads For The Biofouling Control and Sludge Modification in MBR Systems For Industrial Wastewater Treatment Application
  • Investigation of Energy Production Potential and Sludge Rheology of An A/B Process in UPWRP Integrated Validation & Demonstration Plant
  • Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products research and/or Market Survey in Source/Treated Water and Treatment of PPCP by Ozonation System of Mitsubishi
  • Product Prototype Development of Optofluidic Machine for On line And Rapid Monitoring of Water-Borne Parasites for PUB Application
  • Water and Energy Saving Solutions for the Beverage Industry - Yeo Hiap Seng (YHS) Pte Ltd

  • 2017, IES Prestigious Engineering Achievement Awards
  • 2017, Highly Cited Paper in Water Research
  • 2017, NJC Service of Honor Awards
  • 2014, Visiting Professor Travel Grant, University of Peradeniya
  • 2011, Top 25 Most Downloaded Articles
  • 2008, Best Paper Award, EBCRC Annual Conference
  • 2008, Contribution to Australian Biotechnology Industry Award, EBCRC
  • 2005 - 2008, University of Queensland Graduate Scholarship

URL: http://www.researcherid.com/rid/D-7731-2014
Bold denotes corresponding author.

  • Qian T.T., Yang Q., Chua F.J.D., Dong F., Zhou Y. (2019) Transformation of phosphorus in sewage sludge biochar mediated by a phosphate-solubilizing microorganism. Chemical Engineering Journal, 359, 1573 - 1580.
  • Sun F.Q., Wu D., Chua FJD, Zhu W.Y., Zhou Y. (2019) Free nitrous acid (FNA) induced transformation of sulfamethoxazole in the enriched nitrifying culture. Water Research, 149, 432-439.
  • Yan W.W., Sun F. Q., Liu, J.B., Zhou Y. (2018) Enhanced anaerobic phenol degradation by conductive materials via EPS and microbial community alteration. Chemical Engineering Journal. 352, 1-9.
  • Lu D., Xiao K.K., Chen Y., Soh Y.N.A., Zhou Y. (2018) Transformation of dissolved organic matters produced from alkaline-ultrasonic sludge pretreatment in anaerobic digestion: From macro to micro. Water Research. 142, 138-146.
  • Sun F.Q., Xiao K.K., Zhu W.Y., Withanage N., Zhou Y. (2018) Enhanced sludge solubilization and dewaterability by synergistic effects of nitrite and freezing. Water Research. 130, 208-214.
  • Xiao K.K., Chen Y., Jiang X., Seow W.Y., He C., Yin Y., Zhou Y. (2017) Comparison of different treatment methods for protein solubilisation from wasted activated sludge. Water Research. 122, 492-502.
  • Chen Y., Jiang X., Xiao K.K., Shen N., Zeng R.J., Zhou Y. (2017) Enhanced volatile fatty acids (VFAs) production in a thermophilic fermenter with stepwise pH increase - investigation on dissolved organic matter transformation and microbial community shift. Water Research. 112, 261-268.
  • Shen N., Chen Y., Zhou Y. (2017) Multi-cycle operation of Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR) with different carbon sources under high temperature. Water Research. 114, 308-315.
  • Xiao K.K., Chen Y., Jiang X., Yang Q., Seow W.Y., Zhu W.Y., Zhou Y. (2017) Variations in physical, chemical and biological properties in relation to sludge dewaterability under Fe (II) - oxone conditioning. Water Research, 109, 13-23.
  • Xiao K.K., Chen Y., Jiang X., Tyagi V.K., Zhou Y. (2016) Characterization of key organic compounds affecting sludge dewaterability during ultrasonication and acidification treatments. Water Research, 105, 470-478.